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Encyclopedia > Block Island Sound
Block Island Sound, shown shaded in red, between the coast of the Rhode Island and Block Island.

Block Island Sound is a strait in the open Atlantic, approximately ten miles wide, separating Block Island from the coast of Rhode Island in the United States. Geographically, it is the eastward extension of Long Island Sound, as well as the westward extension of Rhode Island Sound.


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Block Island: Weather and Much More from Answers.com (1757 words)
The island is a fragment of glacial terminal moraine approximately twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island, of which it is part, and from which it is separated by Block Island Sound.
Two historic lighthouses are present on the island; Block Island North Light, on the northern tip of the island (established in 1829, current lighthouse was built in 1868), and Block Island Southeast Light, is on the southeast side of the island (built in 1875).
Block Island's record high temperature is 95 °F. In comparison, Chester, Massachusetts which is far inland, has a record high of 107 °F. On the flipside, Block Island stays warmer than the mainland during the fall and winter months when the ocean remains relatively warmer than the mainland.
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